Occupational Therapy Assistant A.A.S. (OTA)

*This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.*

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Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level employment as occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) (acoteonline.org) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20824-3449. Phone: (301) 652-AOTA.

The COTA functions under the direct or general supervision of an Occupational Therapist (OTR), in evaluating, planning, and implementing programs to retrain or to develop the patient’s performance in self-care, work, and leisure skills. COTAs treat patients in mental health facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, school systems, hand clinics, nursing homes, and home health settings.

The program requires that all OTA students complete their Level II Fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the academic preparation.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • provide the services expected of an entry-level occupational therapy assistant.

  • assist in management of delivery of occupational therapy as a member of the healthcare team in a variety of settings.

  • utilize the COTA/OTR supervision process and professional and educational resources to improve and increase knowledge and professional techniques to function effectively as a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

  • demonstrate a professional manner, abide by the policies and procedures of the facility, and practice the ethics of the occupational therapy profession.

  • address the health needs of individuals, communities, and society as a whole by assisting in community wellness and prevention programs.

  • utilize effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to participate in the profession and society.

  • develop self-confidence and accountability to assume professional behaviors.

  • recognize education is a lifelong commitment to continued personal and professional development.

  • practice within the ethical parameters of the occupational therapy profession.

  • take an active role in student and professional organizations.

  • recognize individual differences and develop positive attitudes from this awareness.

  • demonstrate a holistic awareness of each individual and understand individual differences in adaptive responses.

  • adopt individualized learning when caring for individuals with diverse cultural, socioeconomical, and environmental needs.

  • collaborate with client/patient and other healthcare providers to enhance occupational therapy service delivery.

Occupational Therapy Assistant A.A.S. (OTA)
First Semester   Credits
OTA 101 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3
OTA 103 Therapeutic Media 3.5
BIO 163 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG 105 College English I 3
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3
  Semester Total 16.5
Second Semester    
OTA 110 Intervention in Occupational Therapy 3.5
OTA 116 Principles of Treatment in Adult/Geriatric Rehabilitation 3.5
OTA 205 Medical Conditions 3
BIO 164 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY 145 Human Growth and Development 3
  Semester Total 17
Third Semester    
OTA 211 Occupational Therapy in Mental Health 4
OTA 217 Principles of Treatment in Adult/Pediatric Rehabilitation 4
OTA 223 Therapeutic Adaptations/Techniques in Occupational Therapy 3
OTA 229 Supervision in Occupational Therapy 2
ENG 106 College English II 3
SOC 150 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Semester Total 19
Fourth Semester    
OTA 240 Fieldwork Experience 12
  Semester Total 12
  Credit Total 64.5


For eligibility of OTA 240 and continuation in the OTA program, the student must complete the first three semester requirements, maintain a 2.3 cumulative GPA in OTA courses, and earn at least a “C” in all OTA courses. Student must also be free of all communicable diseases and have acceptable health status.

Faculty approval is also required. Requirements will be the requirements at the time of readmission.

*Recommended electives: SOC 151, 254; SPN 101; ENG 111, 120; HPE 101.